Sony reshuffles executives in its PlayStation division

first_img Amazon Read the AirPods review $999 $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Post a comment $6 at Tidal 0 Sony,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET See It Best Buy Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Gaming Boost Mobile Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET $59 at eBay New Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. Sony Sony has announced a management reshuffling in its games business, with two of its top executives swapping jobs.Jim Ryan, a longtime PlayStation executive who most recently served as deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become the division’s CEO on April 1, Sony said Monday. Ryan will replace John Kodera, who will become the deputy president — Ryan’s former role at the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant.Kodera’s new position will allow him to “dedicate his focus on creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area,” Sony said in a statement. The new management structure comes less than two weeks after Sony announced disappointing earnings for its games division, which accounts for about one-third of the company’s total revenue. Operating income in the division fell 14 percent in the most recent quarter due to slower sales of the PlayStation 4 game console during the holiday shopping season.”This industry is relentlessly fast-moving, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve ourselves with a sense of urgency,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “Based on extensive discussions with John, I have decided to change the management structure of SIE to ensure sustainable evolution of the PlayStation platform and further growth of the network area.”Ryan, who has worked in Sony’s games division for a quarter of a century, will report directly to Yoshida. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See itcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sprint See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 28 Photos $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express Turo Tags The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Houston Couple Stands By Story After Cardinal DiNardo Pushes Back

first_img Share Wong Maye-E/APGold crosses and statues adorn confessional rooms at St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church, one of Houston’s wealthiest parishes, on April 13, 2019. Laura Pontikes first met Monsignor Frank Rossi in a confessional at this church in December 2007.The Houston couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case involving his former deputy is denying his office’s claims against them, saying the church is mistreating them the way it mistreats other victims.Cardinal DiNardo heads both the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The archdiocese said in a written statement sent out on Tuesday that the couple fabricated quotes in an Associated Press story and demanded $10 million, and that it “categorically rejects” the story as biased and one-sided. George Pontikes said Wednesday he stood by his comments recounting meetings with DiNardo in 2016 and 2017, and called the diocese’s response disappointing but not surprising.“It is another example of a smoke screen designed to cover up wrongdoings,” said Pontikes, president and CEO of the Houston-based construction firm Satterfield & Pontikes.His wife, Laura Pontikes, had approached DiNardo’s Galveston-Houston archdiocese in April 2016 to report that the then-vicar general had taken advantage of problems in her marriage and business to manipulate her into a sexual relationship. Emails turned over to the archdiocese and AP show that while the sexual relationship grew, Monsignor Frank Rossi heard Pontikes’ confessions, counseled her husband on their strained marriage and solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for the church.Investigation by Houston PoliceHouston police are now investigating. Following inquiries by AP, Rossi’s new bishop placed him on leave Tuesday pending the outcome of the police investigation. Rossi’s lawyer confirmed that he was cooperating with the investigation but declined further comment.The case is significant because DiNardo is leading the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, which exploded anew last year worldwide. As president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DiNardo will lead a meeting next week to approve new measures for accountability over abuse.The archdiocese turned down repeated requests from the AP for an interview with DiNardo, with the latest rejection on Wednesday. But it has called the relationship between Rossi and Pontikes consensual, and said in the statement that comments the Pontikeses attributed to DiNardo were “an absolute fabrication.” The statement said DiNardo reacted “swiftly and justly” when Pontikes made the report, removing Rossi from the parish less than a week later and sending him for treatment.Pontikes says the archdiocese had told her Rossi would never be a pastor again or counsel women.The archdiocese said the treatment center recommended Rossi be returned to active ministry without restrictions, and that DiNardo agreed to the Pontikeses’ request to not reassign him in Houston. In July 2017, Rossi became pastor at Our Lady of the Pines, in Woodville, Texas, in the Beaumont diocese.The archdiocese cited an Aug. 1, 2017, meeting between Laura Pontikes, her therapist and church official Sister Gina Iadanza in which Pontikes “made, among other requests, a demand for a $10 million payment.” Pontikes disputes that, saying it was Iadanza who told her she needed to find something else to make her happy other than $10 million.George Pontikes said while he did seek a financial payout to recover the family’s donations as well as punitive damages linked to an unrelated business dispute with the church, he “dropped these demands at Laura’s insistence.” He noted that if they wanted money, they wouldn’t have entered into mediation but would have gone immediately to litigation.Emails to the Archdiocese and a letter to the VaticanLaura Pontikes made it clear that she was not interested in a financial payout but wanted the archdiocese to keep Rossi away from women and take measures to prevent abuse. Her position is articulated in emails to the archdiocese in April 2016, a written mediation proposal and in a letter to the Vatican as recently as April this year. “I want to reassure you that I do not want anything from you or the church other than my health and spiritual well-being,” she wrote Auxiliary Bishop George Sheltz April 13, 2016, a week after she reported Rossi.One of Pontikes’ therapists, Barbara Levinson, said Wednesday that Pontikes had been traumatized by the relationship, which she said followed the typical pattern of abuse in an unequal power relationship similar to that of a teacher and student. In therapy, Levinson said in a statement, “Laura finally realized she had been exploited, groomed, lied to, taken advantage of and manipulated, and that her priest had exploited her emotionally, physically, financially, sexually and spiritually.”An October 2017 mediation proposal from the Pontikeses asked first for an apology for the behavior of both Rossi and DiNardo, as well as close monitoring of Rossi and five years of therapy. It also sought new policies concerning inappropriate behavior by priests “to be more compassionate to those affected.” The list ended with unspecified financial amends and reimbursement for mental health services.In her letter to the Vatican, Laura Pontikes repeated she wasn’t seeking money. “I want my church to stand up in support of victims,” she wrote.last_img read more

Allens Election Day Change Bill Draws Support

first_imgThe District of Columbia will move the primary election date from September to June permanently if Mayor Muriel Bowser signs a recent piece of legislation.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and former Council Chair Sterling Tucker admire a photo of Tucker that was unveiled at the Wilson building in May. (Photo Courtesy of D.C. Council)On May 16, the D.C. Council passed The Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017 which moved the date of all future D.C. primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting with next year’s election which, according to the bill, would be scheduled on June 19, 2018. Allen’s bill was moved as emergency legislation, which means it would take effect immediately.“This bill needs to move quickly to provide potential candidates with sufficient time to plan to run for public office, to allow the board of elections enough time to make necessary preparations for the election, and to ensure that voters are aware of the change in date and able to participate at the polls,” Allen said in a statement.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is expected to sign the bill.Allen, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, authored the legislation because the elections board indicated that under present law, it would not be able to meet federal law requiring overseas ballots for the general election to be mailed no less than 45 days before the general election.Allen also said moving the date to June avoids conflicts with schools that serve as polling places and avoids any federal holidays during the two-week early voting period to maximize voter turnout.The 2018 primary voting date was scheduled for Sept. 4, 2018, the first Tuesday in September and the day after the Labor Day holiday.Allen’s bill comes in time for the 2018 election cycle in which the District’s mayor, attorney general, council chairman, and Wards 1, 3, 5, 6, and two-at large council positions are in contention.“The bill allows the city to be in compliance with federal law,” Kevin B. Chavous, president of the D.C. Young Democrats, told the AFRO. “Plus, there have been a number of changes in the primary date in recent years and that has confused people. Allen’s bill provides permanency.In 2016, the primary date was June 16 but in 2014, it was April 1. In 2012, the primary election took place on April 3 while in 2010, it was held on Sept. 14.Since the advent of Home Rule in 1973, primary elections were held in September but changes were made in 2012 to accommodate the presidential primary season. In 2014, the April 1 date stayed because the D.C. Council failed to change the date in time and there were concerns about overseas ballots.Ronnie Edwards, longtime member of the Ward 5 Democrats and the D.C. Democratic State Committee and an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5, told the AFRO he favors September as the primary date, conceptually. “From June to November to me is a long time for a primary winner getting ready to assume office,” Edwards said, inferring that Democrats generally win the general election in the District. “I don’t like the change that Allen’s bill makes but let me be clear, it is better than holding the primary in April. That is really too much time.”Edwards said that the September primary “allows candidates to get signatures and meet people through the crucial summer months.”“Anything is better than April, where getting signatures on the ballot and campaigning in the winter months is cold, difficult, and challenging,” he said.Tony Donaldson Jr., a Ward 1 resident and D.C. State Board of Education at-large candidate in 2016, agrees with Edwards on the point of campaigning in the summer. “I was running for an office in the general election that required no primary,” Donaldson told the AFRO, “but I would say that in the summer there is nicer weather and you can engage people more. Charles Allen’s bill gives people more time to campaign.”last_img read more